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I Belong

Early Review: Frozen by Erin Bowman

Frozen Erin BowmanTitle: Frozen

Author: Erin Bowman

GenreYA Dystopian

SeriesTaken (Book #2)

Publication DateApril 15, 2014

Format: Hardcover, 368 Pages

ISBN-10: 0062117297 (HarperTeen)

ISBN-13: 978-0062117298 (HarperTeen)

Reviewed by: Bridget


The Heists were only the beginning.

Gray Weathersby escaped from the primitive town of Claysoot expecting to find answers, but what he discovered shook him to the core: A ruthless dictator with absolute power. An army of young soldiers blinded by lies. And a growing rebellion determined to fight back.

Now Gray has joined a team of rebels on a harsh, icy journey in search of allies who can help them set things right. But in a world built on lies, Gray must constantly question whether any ally—or enemy—is truly what they seem…

Quick & Dirty: Frozen was a good read full of action and suspense. Unfortunately, I had a really hard time with the love triangle, so that really hinderd how much I enjoyed the story.

Opening Sentence: We have been walking for two weeks.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Gray escaped the Heist, but that was just the beginning. Leaving Claysoot was suppose to provide him with answers, but instead he found himself in the middle of a war. The United States tore itself apart and now clean water is a scarce commodity. The US split into two different territories the AmEast and the AmWest. They fight to control the water supplies and it has turned deadly. There is a ruthless man that rules the AmEast and he will do anything to bring his enemies down. He has come up with an idea to build the perfect army, but because he is a cruel man, a rebellion has risen up to overthrow him.

Gray and his band of rebels are on their way to try and find allies. Group A was supposedly abandoned years ago with no saviors, but Gray believes differently. Out of all the test groups they were the most well stocked and provided with the highest living experience. If the rebels can convince Group A to join they may be able to use their city as a second base and finally be able to beat AmEast. But Gray has to constantly question who he can trust with the technology that the enemy possesses — anyone could be a traitor, even his closest friends.

Gray is an interesting character that was hard for me to relate to at times. He is very loyal and when he believes in something he is willing to fight for it. But he is really indecisive about a lot of things and it really drove me nuts. When it came to the girls he was completely spineless. It was like he could never say no to a pretty face and he was naïve enough to not think he was leading both girls on. Even when they would plainly spell it out to him. Sadly, this made me lose a lot of respect for Gray because it made him come across as a jerk.  Because of this, I had a really hard time connecting with him and his story.

Bree is a very independent girl that has had a very hard life. Being heisted at 16, she has been traveling with the rebellion for almost a year now. She has a hard time letting people in and she doesn’t like to feel like she owes anyone anything. I get that she has been hurt, but I felt that the whole tough act is way overdone. She is so moody all the time that it started to really get on my nerves. With Gray she was very hot and cold and honestly, I thought she was being ridiculous. Alas, because of her moodiness and dramatic attitude, I ended up really not liking her character at all. It was hard for me to root for her and Gray because all they seemed to do was fight. I thought they brought out the worst in each other, and personally I think they are way better off just being friends.

Then there is sweet Emma. I absolutely fell in love with Emma in the first book of the series. She is so caring and stayed true to herself. Yes, she obviously made some big mistakes, but I thought that she tries really hard to redeem herself. Also, she really wants to make things work with Gray even though he has been a total jerk to her. I honestly think that Emma deserves someone better then Gray, but I do think that they complement each other well. I just loved their romance from the very beginning and I hope that they end up together.

I know that I have said quite a few negative things about this book, but in all honesty besides the romance this was actually a really great book. I usually don’t have a problem with love triangles, but this one really didn’t work for me at all. Maybe it was because it was a guy and two girls instead of vice versa. It made Gray come off as a jerk and both the girls seemed so fragile that they would totally break if he didn’t pick them. But with all that being said, the rest of the book was very well done. It was very fast paced and full of action.  Bowman did a wonderful job weaving a story full of intrigue and suspense. There were some pretty big plot surprises that really kept the book interesting. While I didn’t quite like this book as much as Taken, I still did enjoy it, and I am looking forward to seeing what happens in the final book. I would recommend that young adult dystopian fans give this series a try, I think that they will find it interesting and unique.

Notable Scene:

I take a small step forward, and he pinches the blade into Emma’s neck. Blood blooms against the weapon, against her pale skin, and when she cries out in pain, I know this is not my brother. Not really. Blaine would never force me into this position. He would never hold a knife to Emma or spill even a drop of her blood/

We’ve been deceived. We are not dealing with one spy; we are dealing with two.

And they are Forgeries.

I do the only thing I can think of: I let my arrow fly.

Taken Series:

0.5 Stolen

1. Taken

2. Frozen


FTC Advisory: HarperTeen provided me with a copy of Frozen. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.


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